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Tanvir Sait calls for uniform labour law

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The Minister of State for Labour, Tanvir Sait, inaugurating the general conference of the General Insurance Employees' Union in Mysore on Wednesday.

MYSORE, JAN. 5. The Minister of State for Labour, Tanvir Sait, inaugurated the 32nd general conference of the General Insurance Employees' Union, South Zone, here on Wednesday and called for a common labour law across the country.

Mr. Sait said he will write to the Government for a review of the existing law to protect the interests of workers, and mooted the idea of a uniform labour law.

The meeting is being held to take stock of the future of the insurance sector following the Government's proposal for foreign direct investment in it.

The secretary of the district unit of the All India Trade Union Congress, H.R. Sheshadri, said workers are increasingly coming under attack by the Government and employers under the pretext of "economic reforms" and their future was in peril.

He said the "disastrous" economic policies pursued by the previous Government had shattered the rural economy and rendered lakhs of people jobless due to the closure of factories, retrenchment, etc., which were hastily implemented in the name of free market economy all of which helped only multinational companies. Expressing disenchantment over a proposal for foreign direct investment in the insurance sector, Mr. Sheshadri said that it will enable foreign investors to control the management of the sector and endanger the political and economic sovereignty of the country.

He pointed out that 92 per cent of the workers are in the unorganised sector and many of them have no social security. Hence, it is imperative for the insurance and bank employees' unions to espouse the cause of workers in the unorganised sector. The conference will deliberate on issues pertaining to the wellbeing of 80,000 workers in the general insurance company and help evolve a strategy to combat the privatisation policy being pursued by the Government. The conference also pledged its solidarity and support to the workers in their struggle against the "anti-working class policies" being pursued by the Government.

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